Konami renews Suikoden brand ahead of Tokyo Game Show

Konami recently rebranded for Suikoden, leading many to speculate that a reveal could be made at the upcoming Tokyo Game Show. The company previously released its lineup for the event which included many well-known games in addition to something called “New Release Announced”. The presentation in question is currently scheduled for September 16, 2022 for a total of 45 minutes.

The renewed brand of the game was indeed registered at the end of July in Mexico. The news comes from a Number of survey users on Reddit and Resetera which has sparked the already frequent speculation that anything revealed at the Tokyo Game Show will be from a series smaller than Castlevania, Metal Gear Solid or Silent Hill. The last real entry in the Suikoden franchise was released in 2006.

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Konami has already noted that its big reveal will be done by voice actor Yuji Kaji, a fact that only added fuel to the fire. Kaji is known for playing Jowy in Suikoden 2 and Suikoden Tierkreis. “Voice actor Yuji Kaji will be invited as a guest to represent fans of a globally beloved series on the stage of a new Konami title announcement,” a Tokyo Game Show listing reads.

Suikoden began as a series when the eponymous game was released in 1995 for PlayStation. Several sequels followed over the next decade, culminating in 2006’s Suikoden 5. The series has been largely ignored by Konami since, but a number of spin-offs have still been made, the most recent of which was released on February 9. 2012 for PSP.

The franchise is primarily inspired by the classic novel titled Water Margin, also known as Outlaws of the Marsh. This famous tale follows a group of 108 heroes who rebel against a corrupt government. Similarly, the various entries in the Suikoden franchise are all about the 108 Stars of Destiny, characters who band together to fight a common enemy.

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